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3.8 Coordination

One message received clearly from all of the interviews with emergency management officials was the total coordination and cooperation of all entities, such as police, fire, ambulance, and the LEPC.

During the incident, the management and coordination of the event was a local decision. The Arkansas Department of Air Quality and the EPA provided resources, made suggestions, and participated when asked.

Due to the use of an incident command and previous training exercises, there was no internal bickering, and each of the entities involved knew their respective roles and executed those roles. The El Dorado Police Department was responsible for traffic control and the evacuation of the residents, while the El Dorado Fire Department established and operated the incident command, operated the city ambulances, and was available to help with the Teris fire, if requested.

February 6, 2006
Publication #FHWA-HOP-08-014